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Planning for China trip, February 2019

I'm taking a trip back to China in February. This one will be a short one: 10 days total, including flights from and back to the US. Taking such a short trip is... not ideal, but that's how much time I have available from work. Hi ho.

Looking around at the website here, I can see that I haven't posted anything from my prior two trips: one in 2014, which was a kind of wedding trip, where I got to take a large circuit through Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuhan, Baoding, Xian, and Beijing; and one in 2017 up in the northeast, Changchun, Changbaishan, and Hulunbuir. One of these days I'll post information and photos from those trips. In the meantime, I have some photos here on Flickr, and some information here at /travel/china. But it's rather incomplete.

Anyway, this time I'll be based in Shànghǎi上海, with a side trip up to Yángzhōu扬州.

I've been to several of the well-known places in Shanghai (see: /travel/china#shanghai for more): Zhujiajiao, the Bund, Ba Jin's house, Tianzifang, Yu Yuan, the Shanghai Museum, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Mostly, though, I just followed my wife and in-laws around, eating and eating and eating. I'm glad they handle that part of the itinerary because I never think about it. I'm looking more for bookstores, natural areas, and breweries. The heart wants what it wants.

I've got about three more weeks to plan, so I expect there to be the occasional post here about things I've found, or asking for help finding things. It also means three weeks of crash-course Chinese, which might also show up here, as well as finding a bit of time to learn a little Shanghainese for the performance value.